Mapping Perception to Action in Piano Practice: A Longitudinal DC-EEG Study

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Mapping Perception to Action in Piano Practice: A Longitudinal DC-EEG Study

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dc.contributor.author Altenmüller, Eckart O
dc.contributor.author Bangert, Marc
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T00:58:40Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.citation Bangert, Marc, and Eckart O Altenmüller. 2003. Mapping perception to action in piano practice: A longitudinal DC-EEG study. BMC Neuroscience 4: 26. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2202 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4734539
dc.description.abstract Background: Performing music requires fast auditory and motor processing. Regarding professional musicians, recent brain imaging studies have demonstrated that auditory stimulation produces a co-activation of motor areas, whereas silent tapping of musical phrases evokes a co-activation in auditory regions. Whether this is obtained via a specific cerebral relay station is unclear. Furthermore, the time course of plasticity has not yet been addressed. Results: Changes in cortical activation patterns (DC-EEG potentials) induced by short (20 minute) and long term (5 week) piano learning were investigated during auditory and motoric tasks. Two beginner groups were trained. The 'map' group was allowed to learn the standard piano key-to-pitch map. For the 'no-map' group, random assignment of keys to tones prevented such a map. Auditory-sensorimotor EEG co-activity occurred within only 20 minutes. The effect was enhanced after 5-week training, contributing elements of both perception and action to the mental representation of the instrument. The 'map' group demonstrated significant additional activity of right anterior regions. Conclusion: We conclude that musical training triggers instant plasticity in the cortex, and that right-hemispheric anterior areas provide an audio-motor interface for the mental representation of the keyboard. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1186/1471-2202-4-26 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC270043/pdf/ en_US
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dc.title Mapping Perception to Action in Piano Practice: A Longitudinal DC-EEG Study en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal BMC Neuroscience en_US
dash.depositing.author Bangert, Marc
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T00:58:40Z
dash.affiliation.other HMS^Neurology- Beth Israel-Deaconess en_US

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